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Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:30am

Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143 billion offer to buy mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker Unilever.

'Lego Batman' stays No. 1, conquers 'The Great Wall'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:30am

"The Lego Batman Movie" commanded the Presidents Day weekend box office, staying No. 1 for the second straight week, while the China-focused "The Great Wall" failed to show much muscle in North America.

Voters in Ecuador choosing between change, continuity

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:43am

Ecuadoreans are choosing Sunday between a candidate who vows to continue President Rafael Correa's populist platform or one of several more conservative contenders who pledge to attack corruption and cut taxes to stimulate the Andean nation's flagging economy.

Mattis to decide soon on troop levels in Afghanistan

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:35am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits.

Spate of protests breaks out in Belarus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:20am

News media in Belarus are reporting sizable protests in five cities against an unpopular labor law that obliges citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with state labor exchanges.

AG: Tribal gaming ban bill could cause legal problems

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:32am

An attorney general's legal review of legislation seeking to ban lucrative video gaming on tribal casinos in Idaho says the measure could spark multiple legal headaches for the state, while also pointing out holes in the bill's language.

Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:40am

When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit.

Thousands protest in Georgia to back opposition TV station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:40am

Thousands of Georgians have rallied in the capital in support of the country's opposition-minded television station that they suspect is about to be transferred to a more government-friendly owner.

Tribes hope Trump's 'America first' helps first Americans

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:47am

Native Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first."

SpaceX launches a rocket from NASA's historic moonshot pad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:40am

SpaceX launches a rocket from NASA's historic moonshot pad.

UAE seals deal with China's CNPC for onshore oil project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:20am

The United Arab Emirates' main state oil company has signed a deal giving China National Petroleum Company an 8 percent stake in a major onshore oil project.

As Mugabe turns 93, an anxious Zimbabwe wonders who's next

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:05am

As the world's oldest head of state approaches his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe has been planning a party for thousands of people in honor of President Robert Mugabe. For weeks, state television has led its broadcasts with tributes.

Iraq says proven oil reserves rise to 153 billion barrels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:53am

Iraq says new exploration has revealed an additional 10 billion barrels of oil, bringing its total proven reserves to 153 billion barrels.

Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for 'mutual respect'

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:32am

Iran's foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is "unmoved by threats" but responds well to respect.

IMF agrees terms for $5 billion loan to debt-ridden Mongolia

Ganbat Namjilsangarav, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:20am

The Mongolian government and envoys from the International Monetary Fund said Sunday that they and other partners have agreed on terms for a more than $5 billion loan package to the north Asian country to help get its economy back on track.

Could 'Nexit' follow Brexit after Dutch elections?

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 4:31am

For a small nation that has grown hugely wealthy thanks to centuries of doing business far and wide, the political mood in the Netherlands has turned surprisingly inward.

IMF says it has agreed terms for $5 bn loan to Mongolia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:53pm

The International Monetary Fund said Sunday that it and other partners have agreed on terms for a more than $5 billion loan to the Mongolian government to help get the north Asian country's economy back on track.

China suspends coal imports from North Korea over missiles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 9:04pm

China on Sunday began a suspension of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year as it increases pressure on its communist neighbor to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Firefighters knock down blaze at California oil refinery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 4:11pm

An explosion and fire erupted Saturday at a California oil refinery, exactly two years after a blast that crippled the plant and led to higher gasoline prices, authorities said.

Chrysler recalls some cars for loose bolts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 2:31pm

Fiat Chrysler says it is recalling some Chrysler cars because driveshaft bolts can come loose on all-wheel drive models, increasing the risk of a crash.